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THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 28
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1977
Mayor John Moss and Moodye Clary display city hall drawing
Striking employes of Lithium
Corporation of America’s Bessemer
City plant are returning to work this
week following agreements reached
by negotiating committees of both
the company and union.
The strike began February 16th
“ana was o Tidal var Sand day for”
approxi .ately 26 p:.dustion
employes when the striking em-
ployes - all members of Local 8-802
of tha Ci}, Chemical and Atomic
Workers Union ratified an
agreemer.t which means an average
increase in wages amounting from
8¢ to 76 cents per hour.
The agreement also includes an
improvement in already existing
insurance programs and short-term
disability benefits. Before the strike,
life insurance, paid by the employe,
was $2,000. Under the new contract,
each employe will have-a $5,000 life
insurance poly paid by the com-
The strike began after
negotiations broke down on a new
three-year contract. The employes
walked off their jobs on February
16th without a contract.
Wray A. Plonk, Jr. of Kings
Mountain is president of the union.
Ira Grady Patterson, 88, retired
owner of Patterson Oil Co. died
suddenly in his home on 407 W. Gold
Street Wednesday morning.
Mr. Patterson was the son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Ira Patterson. An
Elder and trustee in Boyce
Memorial ARP Church, he retired
from Patterson Oil in 1957. He was &
charter member of the Kiwanis
Club, director of Home Savings &
Loan Association in Kings Mountain,
and served on the board of trustees
of Bon Clarken, assembly ground for
ARP Church in Flat Rock.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Willard Black Patterson; three
daughters, Mrs. John Cheshire of
Kings Mountain, Mrs. Martha Byrd
of Charlotte, and Mrs. Iris Thomp-
son of Clemson, 8. C.; two brothers,
Dewitt Patterson of Kings Mountain
and Ray Patterson of Moultrie, Ga.;
one sister, Mrs. Ellen Plonk of Kings
Mountain. Also surviving are six
grandchildren; and seven great-
Funeral arrangements are in-
complete, and will be announced
later by Harris Funeral Home.
Pre-school screening dates for the
1977 school year have been an-
nounced by the Kings Mountain
district school system.
The dates are: April 18, Bethware
School; April 19, North School; April
20, Grover School; April 31, West
School and April 22, East School.
Children whose last names begin
with the letters A-H are asked to
attend the 9-10:30 a. m. sessions,
those whose last names begin with
the letters I-P the 10:30 to noon
session and others from 1 until 2:30
p.m. If this particular time and date
schedule is unsatisfactory for:
someone changes in times and
schools will be permitted, said a
All children who will enter school
for the first time are expected to
attend with their parents one of the
sessions. In addition to the forms for
“registering the child, the school
must have a copy of the child's birth
certificate (not hospital record), his
'“ghot” record, and a copy of the
physical examination by the family
doctor or health department.
During the screening session
parents will take part in an orien-
tation program and conferences
with the social worker and principal.
Some 850 children are expected to
participate in the screening.
Children who will be five years old
onor before Oct. 18 will be eligible to
enter kindergarten, those who will
be six years on or before Oct. 16, 1977
will enter first grade.
Although the Cleveland County
Commissioners are meeting in a
special session this morning they
are not expected to name an in-
dividual to fill the unexpired term of
the late B. E. (Pop) Simmons.
Simmons died last Friday
following a heart term
does not expire until December 1977.
The commissioners have about 60
days to fill the seat.
Holy Week Set
Holy Week services have been
scheduled by First Presbyterian
Church on Maundy Thursday and
The church will be open to wor-
shipers for meditation on Thursday,
April 7th, from 7 until p. m.
Rev. Gary Bryant, pastor, said a
Tenebrae Service will be held
Friday, Apr. 8, at 7:30 p. m. in the
The community is invited to at-
tend both services.
The Cleveland County Democratic
Executive Committee will ment
Thursday at 7:80 p. m. in courtroom
number three in the Cleveland
County Courthouse in Shelby to
recommend members for the
County Board of Elections.
The Committee will recommend
three Democrats to State Board of
Elections executive secretary Alex
Brock, said Democratic Party
Chairman Joyce Cashion of Kings
Mountain. Brock will then make
recommendations to the State Board
of Elections which will appoint
county board members for two
Taking their oath of office the
Tuesday following third Monday in
June, the local board will elect a
chairman and secretary.
SPELLING BEE CHANGED
The Spelling Bee will be held
(today) Thurs., March 81 at 1 p. m.
in the Kings Mountain Senior High
School Library Conference Room
instead at the superintendent's
office as originally planned.
A new quarter in Begiming and
Intermediate Typing Courses from
Cleveland County Technical In-
stitute starts April 4. Registration on
that date is at Compact School from
6p. m. until ® p. m.
Mrs. Carl Finger is instructor.
Call 789-2686 for further information.
County Board Will
Numerous recommendations for
Simmons’ seat have been received
by the commissioners, but the board
has not revealed any of the can-
didates’ names. The county
Democratic executive committee is
expected to meet tonight and select
a candidate to recommend to the
board of commissioners. However,
the board does not have to accept the
The special meeting this morning
is with the county Industrial
Facilities and Pollution Control
Financing Authority. This meeting
was scheduled prior to Simmons’
County Commissioner Chairman
Jack Palmer has stated the vacancy
might be filled at the April 4
Joyce Cashion of Kings Mountain,
chairman of the county Democratic
Executive Committee, said she felt
that race and sex should not be a
issue in selecting the person to fill
Mrs. Cashion said she also feels
that consideration should be given to
the people who ran for the county
commission last year and how many
votes they polled, although losing
Former Commissioner L. E.
(Josh) Hinnant came in fourth in the
three seat race. Ralph Gilbert, an
insurance executive in Cleveland
County, was fifth and John H. White
Services for Simmons were
conducted Saturday at 8 p. m. at
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and
burial was in Cleveland Memorial
A Mooresboro area native, Sim. -
mons resided there until 1
He was well-known for “out.
standing ability as a baseball coach
and in 1976 was the second to
be named to the Shelby Sports*Hall
Simmons was appointed to fill the
unexpired term of Ralph Elliott in
1064. He ran for and was elected to
the board of commissioners in 1968,
1970 and 1974 and served as chair.
man of the board for a number of
Candy For Funds
The Kings Mountain Jaycees will
be soliciting door-to-door to raise
funds to support the club's Little
Project chairman is Alex Mc-
The jaycees will offer citizens
their choice of three different types
of candy for sale in the campaign.
The first is an almond and chocolate
bar ($1); next is a can of party nuts
ina special glaze (§1 ) and third isa
box of pecan, caramel and milk
choclate candy ($1.60).
McCallum said the candy is
manufactured by the Kathryn Beich
Grading Contract Let
New City Hall
Plan A Beauty
By TOM McINTYRE
In a special meeting Tuesday
night the city board of com-
missioners awarded the first phase
site preparation contract on the new
city hall to Bradley-Jenkins, Inc. of
One of three bidders, Bradley-
Jenkins’ bid was the lowest at
The commissioners set 10:30 a. m.
this Friday as the time for ground-
breaking ceremonies on the new city
hall site (former Bonnie Mill
property) on Gold St. Construction is
scheduled to begin either Friday
afternoon or Saturday morning and
the contractor has 40 days to com-
plete the work.
The bids were received Tuesday
afternoon at city hall.
Contracts on construction of the
city hall building are expected to be
awarded in April to meet the EDA
guidelines under the $999,250 grant.
Mayor John H. Moss said Tuesday
night that over ‘‘$1 million in grants
is promised the city for construction
of the Governmental Services
Facilities Building and for land-
scaping. The latter is under an ur-
ban beautification grant.”
Tuesday afternoon the plans for
the site and building were shown to
and discussed with the City’s Ap-
pearance Committee. Mrs. John
Cheshire, chairperson of the group,
said the committee members were
impressed with the planning and
approved of the landscaping
recommended by the architects.
Tuesday night Moodye Clary of
Peterson-Clary Architects PA, of
Charlotte, presented the full plans to
the board and citizens attending the
Clary said the new facility will
house not only the administrative,
business and tax offices for the city,
but the fire department as well.
“Originally,” Clary sald, ‘‘the
present city hall was to be the site
for the new building. However, it
was determined the former Bonnie
Mill site was much better suited to
the needs of the building. The
property size and traffic patterns
are much more suitable to house the
structure. The Environmental
Development Agency approved the
switch in sites and approved the
$999,250 grant for the construction.”
The building has been designed
to take advantage of the terrace
already on the site. The new building
will actually be two stories high,
with offices upstairs to be
developed and used as necessary.
Downstairs will be the mayor's
office, the mayor's secretary, the
business offices, tax department and
city clerk’s office.
Clary said these offices will
surround a waiting-reception area,
which will be light and airy because
of a large overhead skylight. These
offices and area will be in the front
part of the building, which will
actually face the intersection of 8.
Cherokee and W. Gold Sts.
In front of the building will be a
plaza area designed for use by the
citizenry. There will also be 17
parking spaces available near the
main entrance for public use.
‘For those citizens who wish to
use them,” Clary said, ‘‘there will
also be two teller drive-in windows
for making utility payments.’’
Clary said the building will follow
the contours of the property, so the
back section, which faces Spruce
and Spring Sts., will house the fire
department. This section will also be
two stories and will have three huge
bay doors for entrances and exits of
fire vehicles. The building also
contains firefighter’s quarters and a
tower to be used for drying fire
The new building plan contains
angles, curves and circles, as op-
posed to the initial drawing, which
was an oblong, simple line structure.
Clary said the building will be of a
“warm, earthtone brick with bronze
solar style windows, which is mare
compatible with the remainder of
Clary said the design, hopefully,
will attract people to the area. He
said in many cities the city hall is
usually stuck away out of the
regular pedestrian traffic flow.
The building will contain ap-
proximately 24,000 square feet of
The commissioners also looked at
plans for the proposed Public Works
Building, as presented by Pete
Bougham of Holland and McGinnis,
Architects, of Shelby.
Clary points out plaza area